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Why is everyone calling her a racist?

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On Sunday night, Katy Perry was the opening performance at the American Music Awards. She performed in a full geisha costume and twitter and social media went wild.

A director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum was quoted as saying " "It is yet another example of Orientalist, exoticizing stereotypes about Asian women being reinforced. When you consider the pairing of her ensemble, which for the average viewer invokes the stereotypical 'geisha' image, with the words of the lyrics, 'I will love you unconditionally … don't need apologies,' it's clear that — intentionally or not — Katy is encouraging the kind of racist fetishization of Asian women as submissive and powerless that harms us and clouds the strength and resilience we demonstrate every day in this country as we support our families, contribute to the economy, and lead movements for social change."  ". 

Critics are saying that her performance was no difference than if she had performed in black face.

Check it out for yourself:

Do you think she was being racially insensitive with her performance?

Do you think her costume was perpetuating a negative stereotype?

Are we too quick call someone a racist these days?

by on Nov. 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM
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Erica246
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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In conclusion, certainly it was offensive and reinforced negative stereotypes rather it was racist or not.

Mylilmonkey1120
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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I don't think it was meant to single out Asian women. If anything i think its sexiest before racist.
Basherte
by Bronze Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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I think people need to research and find out what it truly meant to be Geisha. 

Memoirs of a Geisha... is a very amazing movie, and had me researching to find out. Because throughout my life I was lead to believe that a Geisha was a lot of things that they weren't. 

She is beautiful, and is not truly dressed as a true Geisha would be dressed. Her face isn't completely white and her hair doesn't appear to have had hot wax applied to it. Her movements are extravegant. (spelling please fix)  

If one thing can be said... Geisha were extremely beautiful living moving art. As well as extremely intelligent women. 

Any woman, is capable of loving unconditionally. 

The training of the traditional Geisha was rigorous, long, and painful.

I don't think she was being racially insensitive.  No. Geisha were/are strong women. Very strong. 

We are way too quick to call someone a racist these days. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that if anyone disagrees with what the president is doing or saying that we are called not only anti American, but also racist now too.

I loved that performance. I thought it was beautiful, artistic, and well done.


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slashteddy
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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Yes. There was nothing here that was "honoring" another culture.
Momofmenagerie
by Bronze Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Yes. We really are. Perry ALSO sang "firework" which was an empowering song for our youth..,,
Alannis Morrisettes had a song " Mary Jane " about depression and uplifting yet sad....BUT she also did a song that is totally " stalker"

My point is: a songstress can express herself through song and dress however they choose. " racist"? She probably did not put on white make up for that purpose.

" Memoirs of a Geisha" was not consider a racist book or movie... Why?

Erica246
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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Yes training to be a Geisha was tough and they were strong woman.  I doubt with such training they would be happy to be represnt haphazardly by Kathy Perry.  I didn't say it was racist, but it is without a doubt a misrepresentation, insultive, and far from honoring the culture or traditions of a Geisha.  That's it.

Quoting Basherte:

I think people need to research and find out what it truly meant to be Geisha. 

Memoirs of a Geisha... is a very amazing movie, and had me researching to find out. Because throughout my life I was lead to believe that a Geisha was a lot of things that they weren't. 

She is beautiful, and is not truly dressed as a true Geisha would be dressed. Her face isn't completely white and her hair doesn't appear to have had hot wax applied to it. Her movements are extravegant. (spelling please fix)  

If one thing can be said... Geisha were extremely beautiful living moving art. As well as extremely intelligent women. 

Any woman, is capable of loving unconditionally. 

The training of the traditional Geisha was rigorous, long, and painful.

I don't think she was being racially insensitive.  No. Geisha were/are strong women. Very strong. 

We are way too quick to call someone a racist these days. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that if anyone disagrees with what the president is doing or saying that we are called not only anti American, but also racist now too.

I loved that performance. I thought it was beautiful, artistic, and well done.




Kitty_Myrick
by Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

 I think it was well preformed.  I liked it.

    I think that our society is so worried about being political correct that we turn things that are innocent and never meant to be offensive into something offensive. Are actual geisha the ones with the problem or people who just want to say something bad about something they know nothing abut?

     Geisha means artist by the way

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nova.mommy
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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That is what I thought to.  

Quoting SweetLuci:

 I think some people look for things to call racist, it just demeans things that really are racist.

To me she was honoring another culture.

 

And to for them to say she was 'invoking the stereotypical geisha', she was not because the stereotypical geisha would not to anything to make herself standout.

Erica246
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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I would suspect Memoirs of a Geisha isn't considered racist because of accuracy and respect shown for the culture.  

And regardless if Perry was in white face or not, she knew what response to her performance would be and she's glad so many people are talking about it.  

Quoting Momofmenagerie:

Yes. We really are. Perry ALSO sang "firework" which was an empowering song for our youth..,,
Alannis Morrisettes had a song " Mary Jane " about depression and uplifting yet sad....BUT she also did a song that is totally " stalker"

My point is: a songstress can express herself through song and dress however they choose. " racist"? She probably did not put on white make up for that purpose.

" Memoirs of a Geisha" was not consider a racist book or movie... Why?



Erica246
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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She wasn't honoring anything.  The relality is she was drumming up plublicity. 

Quoting nova.mommy:

That is what I thought to.  

Quoting SweetLuci:

 I think some people look for things to call racist, it just demeans things that really are racist.

To me she was honoring another culture.

 

And to for them to say she was 'invoking the stereotypical geisha', she was not because the stereotypical geisha would not to anything to make herself standout.



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